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Expert’s Use of Wrong Damages Methodology Results in ‘Grossly Inflated’ Damages

In contract dispute, Chancery rejects plaintiff’s damages analysis, noting expert lacked valuation experience and chose a methodology (EBITDA multiple) that did not fit facts of case; court says there was no evidence that the alleged breach permanently diminished value of the acquired company.

Calculation engagement value holds up in Alabama divorce litigation

Many valuators are adamantly opposed to doing calculation engagements, as we recently reported.

Mesirov v. Enbridge Energy Co.

In dispute over related-party transaction, court upholds aiding and abetting claim against financial advisor; plaintiffs produced enough facts to show fairness opinion ignored most relevant precedent transaction and other valuation metrics indicating the buyer was overpaying for contested asset.

Fairness Opinion Triggers Viable Aiding and Abetting Claim Against Financial Advisor

In dispute over related-party transaction, court upholds aiding and abetting claim against financial advisor; plaintiffs produced enough facts to show fairness opinion ignored most relevant precedent transaction and other valuation metrics indicating the buyer was overpaying for contested asset.

In re Marriage of Preston

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

Court Favors MUM Method for Goodwill Allocation in Illinois Divorce Case

In divorce case, appellate court upholds valuation based on opinion of husband’s expert using MUM method to separate total goodwill value into personal and enterprise components; court also upholds use of small marketability discount where owner spouse is the sole owner of the company.

Appeals Court Validates Trial Court’s Reliance on Calculation of Value

Appeals court rejects claim that expert’s value determination pursuant to a calculation engagement rather than a valuation engagement was unreliable; trial court properly considered limitations inherent in a calculation engagement when crediting expert’s value estimate, appeals court says.

Rohling v. Rohling

Appeals court rejects claim that expert’s value determination pursuant to a calculation engagement rather than a valuation engagement was unreliable; trial court properly considered limitations inherent in a calculation engagement when crediting expert’s value estimate, appeals court says.

Michigan court explains treatment of S corp’s retained earnings in divorce

The overarching issue in a recent Michigan divorce case was appreciation. Did the nonowner spouse (wife) have a right to a portion of the increase in value of her husband’s separate property, an S corporation? A related issue, and one that posed a question of first impression in Michigan, was how to treat the company’s retained earnings.

Goodman v. Goodman

Appeals court upholds trial court’s finding of enterprise goodwill, finding husband’s habit of periodically placing business assets in his children’s names as well as wife’s significant involvement in the business indicate business was “transferable.”

Owner’s Problematic Business Practices Support Finding of Enterprise Goodwill

Appeals court upholds trial court’s finding of enterprise goodwill, finding husband’s habit of periodically placing business assets in his children’s names as well as wife’s significant involvement in the business indicate business was “transferable.”

City of Hialeah Emples. Ret. Sys. v. FEI Co.

Court rejects dissenting shareholder’s proxy challenge, finding board member statements about management projections are protected under applicable act’s safe harbor provision; also, court says financial advisor’s fairness opinion did not double count for risk in underlying DCF analysis.

Financial Advisor’s Fairness Opinion Not Materially Misleading

Court rejects dissenting shareholder’s proxy challenge, finding board member statements about management projections are protected under applicable act’s safe harbor provision; also, court says financial advisor’s fairness opinion did not double count for risk in underlying DCF analysis.

Michigan Court Explains How to Handle Retained Earnings in Divorce Cases

In deciding whether, in divorce, retained earnings in a closely held company that is separate property are includible in marital estate, appeals court creates presumption against inclusion and requires trial court to perform totality of circumstances review.

Jensen v. Jensen

In deciding whether, in divorce, retained earnings in a closely held company that is separate property are includible in marital estate, appeals court creates presumption against inclusion and requires trial court to perform totality of circumstances review.

Trustee’s Attack on Merger Projections Fails to Resonate With Court

Court says trustee fails to show debtor was insolvent under any applicable financial condition tests; contemporaneous industry analysis and valuations by financing banks belie claim that management projections in support of merger were unreasonable.

New Jersey Court’s Inadequate Goodwill Ruling Begets Rebuke and Remand

In a case about lawyer’s equity partner interest in a large firm, appellate court finds prior ruling was grossly deficient; expert testimony suggested the owner spouse’s compensation matched his earning capacity and there was no additional goodwill compon ...

Trial Court’s Physician Practice Valuation Lacks Factual Basis

Goodwill, excess earnings method, market-based approach, capitalization rate, multiple, expert testimony, professional corporation, professional practice, valuation methods ...

Abedi v. Abedi

Court of Appeal says trial court’s valuation of husband’s endodontic practice was arbitrary where trial court adopted valuation methods husband’s experts proposed but substituted key elements of their analyses with court’s own unsubstantiated figures.

Management projections take center stage in bankruptcy case

In a complex bankruptcy case involving players in the petrochemical industry, the court trained its eyes on the management projections underlying a merger that led to the formation of a company that went bankrupt only a year after the close of the transaction.

Court Highlights Role of Community Labor in Goodwill Analysis

Appeals court says record supports nonowner spouse’s claim to a share of owner’s CPA’s practice; business changed from separate to community property, and most of its value consisted of professional goodwill, which was created by community labor.

McNee v. McNee

Trial court did not err in classifying owner-spouse’s personal loan to his business during marriage as a marital asset, appeals court finds; loan could be seen as an increase in value of owner’s business or a debt owed to parties, appeals court says.

Different Theories Justify Classifying Loan to Business as Marital Asset

Trial court did not err in classifying owner-spouse’s personal loan to his business during marriage as a marital asset, appeals court finds; loan could be seen as an increase in value of owner’s business or a debt owed to parties, appeals court says.

Slutsky v. Slutsky

In a case about lawyer’s equity partner interest in a large firm, appellate court finds prior ruling was grossly deficient; expert testimony suggested the owner spouse’s compensation matched his earning capacity and there was no additional goodwill compon ...

New Jersey Court’s Inadequate Goodwill Ruling Begets Rebuke and Remand

In a case about lawyer’s equity partner interest in a large firm, appellate court finds prior ruling was grossly deficient; expert testimony suggested the owner spouse’s compensation matched his earning capacity and there was no additional goodwill compon ...

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